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    UCSD ranks near top in economic impact

    A study recently released by “Science Watch,” the newsletter of Thomson Scientific, ranked UCSD as the fifth-best institution for research in economics and business over the last decade. UCSD was the only UC campus to be ranked in the top 10. The number of papers and citations published and cited in the field of economics and business determined the rankings. Other ranked schools included Harvard University, Stanford University and Princeton University, which ranked second, eighth and ninth, respectively.

    Community college students still lagging

    Although community college students who are labeled “high risk” are more engaged inside and outside of the classroom, they are still low achievers, according to the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, conducted by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin.

    That group includes minorities, first-generation college students and those without good academic preparation. In the report, composed of surveys of 133,281 students from 257 colleges in 38 states, researchers found that high-risk students are also the most likely to be engaged in their studies, which the study defined as being more likely to come to class prepared, more frequently interactive with instructors outside of class and more likely to use support services.

    Still, those students receive lower grades and have higher dropout rates. In addition, more high-risk students did not expect to graduate compared to their low-risk counterparts, according to the report. The study also found that only about half of all community college students return for a second year of community college.

    College file-sharing network shuts down

    The i2Hub network used to swap files on college campuses through high-speed downloading of movies, music and software has shut down after months of legal pressure from the music and film industries. The network, used by students through the Internet2 research network, took advantage of especially fast college networks to expedite downloading speeds.

    The service had been the subject of scrutiny after the Recording Industry Association of America threatened the network with legal action in September. The RIAA claimed that the network assisted in student piracy and copyright infringement.

    The entertainment industry’s legal hand was bolstered this summer by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said peer-to-peer networks could not encourage or “induce” piracy in any way without risking legal liability.

    Because of legal circumstances, i2Hub founder Wayne Chang declined to comment on the shutdown to any media sources. The only sign of the shut down is on the network’s Web site, where the only messages posted are “R.I.P. 11.14.2005” and “remember i2Hub.”

    SRTV moves Web site after shutdown

    After having its Web site, http://www.srtv.ucsd.edu, shut down, Student-Run Television has changed its domain name.

    The Internet site was shut down Nov. 4, when the A.S. Council pulled the station’s signal and when A.S. Commissioner of Student Services Maurice Junious said he could not trust the managers to listen to his orders or keep watch over the station.

    Junious was given ultimate purview over the station by a council bill passed on Nov. 2. When Junious and A.S. President Christopher Sweeten requested that the station be reactivated on Nov. 7, acting Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Life Gary R. Ratcliff refused the request, citing a need for more council control over SRTV before it could be returned to the air. Since then, both the Web site and the station’s television signal have been down, according to SRTV engineer Alex Miller.

    The new Web site is http://www.srtvonline.com, and will contain up-to-date material on the station and the council’s efforts to bring the station back to regular the air.

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